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Joe Payne

joe payne headshotAssociate Professor – Sound and Digital Media

101 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-9385

Mr. Payne joined the Department of Theatre after ten years as resident sound designer for Pioneer Theatre Company and teaching sound and projection design for The University of Utah and Illinois State University. He has designed sound, projections, and/or composed music for more than 150 productions in theaters throughout the country, including fifteen years at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Round House Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, four years at The Virginia Stage Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Utah Opera and Symphony, The Fulton Opera House, Utah Musical Theatre, and many others. Internationally, he has designed projections for the London based pop band WRENNE, and their international I Said Yes to Everything tour. Throughout each, he has mentored and taught countless assistants and technicians the art and technology of sound and projection design. He has taught master classes for various sections of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Utah Theatre Association, and Illinois High School Theatre Festival. He is nationally recognized as a member of the USITT sound design commission, and has acted as one of three adjudicators and portfolio reviewers for the Robert Cohen Sound design award from 2012-2015. His work has been internationally recognized at the most prestigious of juried theatrical design exhibitions, the Prague Quadrennial. In 2007 his original score and design was presented among the first sound designs ever allowed in the exhibition.  In the summer of 2015, his projection design for A Christmas Carol (Clarence Brown Theatre), and original score and sound design for The Tempest (The Utah Shakespeare Festival) have been accepted into the United State’s submission to PQ.  Mr. Payne is also member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, and the international OISTAT Sound Working Group.

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